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SolFocus opens expanded solar glass facility in Mesa

Post Time:Apr 27,2009Classify:Company NewsView:323

SolFocus has opened the doors on an expansion of its Mesa facility, which makes glass reflectors for solar power plants. The company plans to add jobs and increase product output there through the end of the year.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company will be able to produce 2 million concentrated photovoltaic reflectors each year at the Mesa facility -- enough to produce about 30 megawatts of power. That represents a 175 percent increase from its current capacity.

The company plans to have about 150 full-time employees in Mesa by the end of the year.

“The 30 megawatts of product enabled by this factory will allow us to meet the rising demand for (concentrated photovoltaic) technology,” said Mark Crowley, president and CEO of SolFocus. “Government bodies, utilities and large-scale commercial operations are quickly recognizing that CPV can deliver three times the efficiency of traditional solar systems with lower land use. With more than $150 billion of stimulus money available for clean energy projects worldwide, competition for available product supply will be tight, so the time to act is now.”

CPV technology is a form of solar power generation that uses mirrors to focus the sun’s energy onto highly efficient solar panels. Where a home-based photovoltaic system may be 10 percent to 15 percent efficient, a concentrated photovoltaic system may be 25 percent efficient.

Source: SolFocusAuthor: shangyi

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